26 March 2018


Again my thanks goes to mvns for this elusive LP.

Tomoaki Itoh, tenor saxophone (center)
Tomotaka Nishitani, soprano saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet, tenor & bass saxophone, flute (left)
Etsuo Yamada, alto, soprano, sopranino & baritone saxophone, piccolo, flute, alto flute, oboe, shakuhachi (right)
Akira Kurimoto, cornet, drums, percussion, trumpet, piccolo, flute, whistle (right)
Mitsuru Nakamura, tuba, euphonium, sopranino & tenor recorder
Fumiaki Kurokawa, trombone, handmade-bamboo-flutes, shakuhachi
Emi Inoue, cello
Shinji Nozaki, bass
Toshimichi Kubo, drums, percussion (left)

A. Old Fashioned New Thing (1st Variation) 22:16   
B. Old Fashioned New Thing (2nd Variation) 22:47

Recorded June 1980 at Duck Studio.

Groupoid Records - Groupoid 0001


This is the first of two vinyl rips I've got from mvns 12 days ago - my appreciation goes to him!
Both LPs were unknown to me although I see Shunzo Ohno and Bob Kenmotsu on this recording.

 Robert Kenmotsu, tenor saxophone
Shunzo Ohno, trumpet
Jeff Jenkins, piano
Shintaro Nakamura, bass
Fukushi Tainaka, drums

1. Future On You 6:30   
2. Don't Forget Me 6:07   
3. Sweet And Sour Sound 8:15   
4. Evolution 10:53   
5. A Blind Man 10:58

Recorded at Hi-Five Studio, New York on January 10 and 13, 1984.



On May 11 we'll have: 

Dave Holland - double bass
Evan Parker, saxophone(s?)
Craig Taborn, piano + electronics
Ches Smith, percussion

Not only quartet but also duo and trio configurations.

2 x CD or 3 x LP

On Friday March 30 already there are two releases I'm waiting eagerly...

Mark Nauseef - All In All In All

Arthur Jarvinen – glockenspiel, chromatic harmonica, analogue electronics
Sylvie Courvoisier – piano, prepared piano
Tony Oxley – percussion
Pat Thomas – cassette player, electronics, electric keyboard
Miroslav Tadic´ – guitars
Walter Quintus – real time processing, conducting
Bill Laswell – bass, field recordings, electronics
Mark Nauseef – percussion, electronics


Alexander von Schlippenbach / Rudi Mahall - So Far

Check out the label > there

25 March 2018

PETER KOWALD + Members of SHIM (KEY LARGO, 2000)

This was contributed in February 2012 by It's All Tunes To Me who got it from Eric Stach with the permission to post it - here.
Finally after 5 years we'll have a proper post.

Eric Stach, reeds
David Manson, trombone
Peter Kowald, double bass
Jim Stewart, percussion

1. Set 1 - Kowald Solo (40:31)
2. Set 2 - Kowald - Eric Stach Duo (10:38)
3. Set 3 - Trio Kowald - David Manson - Jim Stewart (09:36)
4. Set 4 - Quartet Kowald - Manson - Stewart - Stach (10:08)

Live at the Gulf Coast Museum, Key Largo, Florida on March 3, 2000.

Released in an edition of 25 copies.

23 March 2018

Harry Tavitian & Hans Kumpf - Open End - 1984

He can be considered the pioneer of free jazz in Romania, since the 80s he have recorded for Leo Records and then self-produced his music. His early albums have never been reissued and the most recent have never been distributed outside Romania, his work is quite difficult to access which is regrettable given his talent and originality.
Here is what seems to be his first recording even if it has been published for the first time in cassette only in 1994 then reissued in cdr ten years later with a bonus track.
This is a duet with the German clarinetist Hans Kumpf, which can also be found on the superb album « East West Creativ Combination » that have been posted on this blog many years ago by Owombat and updated by Corvimax:

Hans Kumpf is also the founding member of Ak Musick an obscur group that made only one record, absolutely fantastic and recently reissued:

1 First Time Together
2 Transylvania On My Mind
3 Etude (bonus track)
4 Drug Ula Blues
5 Blowin' With The Wind
6 Chamber Mood
7 August ’82
8 Lazy Friday Afternoon
9 Cry Of The Balkans
10 Open End

-Harry Tavitian: piano, shepherd flute, vocal
-Hans Kumpf: clarinet

Recorded at Tonstudio Zuckerfabrik, Stuttgart November 16, 1984

Pirate Records 002 

cd rip

21 March 2018

Ganelin, Čekasin, Tarasov - Poi Segue 1981

It’s impossible to talk about Russian jazz without talking about those three guys… Even if none of them were Russians, they were from Lithuania.
Most of their recordings have been published by « Leo  records » but few of them appeared on the government label « Melodia ».

-Vladimir Tarasov: percussions, drums, flute
-Vyacheslav Ganelin: piano, keyboards, bugle, flute
-Vladimir Čekasin: saxophone, trombone, flute, percussions, violin

1/ Poi Segue part one, 2/ Poi Segue part two

Recorded in 1981 in Vilnius

Several lp editions have been published by Melodia in the U.S.S.R and also one American edition on the independent label « East Wind ». The Lithuanian label « Sonore Records » have reissued it on cd in 1995 
cd rip sn016

16 March 2018

Anatoly Vapirov - Invocation

The second step of our journey to the east will allow us to discover a record that should have been a classic, it's also the first time we talk about this musician here.
Anatoly Vapirov has an important discography that includes many excellent records, unfortunately they are almost all self-produced and practically not distributed. This is unfortunate because this musician is in my opinion one of the most interesting actual saxophonist.

A/ Invocation Of Spirit, B1/ Invocation Of Fire, B2/ Invocation Of Water.

-Ivars Galenieks: bass on side a
-Vladimir Volkov: bass on side b
-Valentina Ponomareva: vocal on side a
-Sergey Kuryokhin: piano & percussions on side a, piano prepared on side b
-Alexander Alexandrov: bassoon on side b
-Anatoly Vapirov: reeds 

Side A recorded October 1983 in Novosibirsk 
Side B recorded end of 1981 in Leningrad.

cd rip from cdr reissued by Anatoly Vapirov himself on his own label ava.
cdr ava 0017
Originally published by leo Records lr 121 in 1984

11 March 2018


We got this vinyl-rip several month ago in the contributions section.
I do not find the comment with the link anymore. So my apologies to the generous contributor.
But thanks to corvimax I know now: it is Sven. Thank you Sven for this really special music!!

The LP wasn't in a NM condition - so I've removed many louder clicks 'n' pops during the last three month.

The music has a decidedly 1970s feel. But IMO it's really an independent statement. Not Rock, not Jazz and not Contemporary Classic either.  Somehow I remembered a famous advertisement from  ~1968 (here)  after listening again to the 'Circle of dreams'.

Klaus Cornell, composer, conductor

Volker Kriegel, guitar
Eberhard Weber, bass
Peter Giger, drums

Open Music Group:
Anna-Marie Sommer, flute
Hanspeter Zehnder, trombone
Urs Frauchiger, cello
Willy Bischof, keyboards
Urs Herdi, percussion
Hanspeter Völkle, percussion

Choir Of The Municipal Literargymnasium Bern-Neufeld
Adolf Burkhardt, choir conductor
Featuring a choir of 100 singers

A1. Circle I     7:50
A2. Circle II   12:29
B1. Circle III   7:33
B2. Circle IV   12:47

Recorded 1974, Phonag Tonstudio, Lindau, Germany.

Hallelujah X 636  (vinyl rip)

François Rabbath - Dialogues & Mediations

Moshé-Naïm, 17008
CD, France, 2001

1 - Evasion     17:52
2 - Imagination     4:55
3 - Obsession     5:50
4 - Emotion     5:29
5 - Reflexion     3:24
6 - Inspiration     16:00

Tracks 1 to 5: 
Francois Rabbath on Contrabass and Saz (with overdubs)
recorded in Paris, 1990

Trak 6: 
Francois Rabbath - Contrabass
Hariprasad Chaurasia - Indian Flute
S. Khan - Tablas
recorded at a June 1987 concert “Les Rencontres de Paris,”  Espace Cardin.

there are not place and date of recording on the CD cover, I take for good what says destination out

9 March 2018

Łoskot - Koncert W Mózgu 1995

The jazz of Eastern countries is not very represented here, so I decided to start a trip to the east that will take us to ...
Our first step takes us to Poland to rediscover the Yass scene which lasted almost a decade and which was very interesting but surprisingly remained almost completely unknown outside Polish borders.
If you want to know more about this scene:
In fact, most of the records in this scene are hard to find today.
Let's start with one of the iconic bands of this scene: Łoskot and their debut album. The only two times I've seen this disc including the time I bought it, it was a promo copy without cover and obviously distributed with a jazz magazine, yet discogs announces a commercially distributed disc but that I've never seen.

Łoskot Koncert W Mózgu

-Szymon Rogliński: didgeridoo
-Olo Walicki: double bass
-Jacek Olter: drums
-Jacek Majewski: percussions
-Mikołaj Trzaska: saxophone

Jacek Olter and Mikołaj Trzaska where also members of Miłość a band that will be featured here in a near future. Jacek Olter died in 2001 but Mikołaj Trzaska is now an important musician of the European free jazz scene.
Last but not least Łoskot reunited in summer 2017, obviously any new recording is on the way but who knows…?

1/ Your Lady, 2/ Radość Uzdrowienia, 3/ Sfinx, 4/ Chłopaki Na Damkach, 5/ Peace On Earth

All compositions by Mikołaj Trzaska except « Your Lady » and "Peace On Earth " by John Coltrane.

Recorded and published in 1995
cd rip

4 March 2018

Wadada Leo Smith Golden Quartet - Live In Paris October 19, 2015

This concert was the third part of a long evening celebration of the 50th A.A.C.M anniversary.
The first band was under the direction of Henry Threadgill, the second was a powerful duo Roscoe Mitchell/Mike Reed and this last performance was the ultimate version of the golden quartet. This last performance was simply amazing.

-Wadada Leo Smith Trumpet
-Anthony Davis piano & el piano
-John Lindberg bass
-Mike Reed drums

Suite AACM 50th anniversary 48:24

Recorded on October 19, 2015 at le théâtre du Chatelet Paris

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